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Why Do Some Galaxies Flourish While Others Dont

Why Do Some Galaxies Flourish While Others Don't?

Provided by Whitney Clavin, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory What makes one rose bush blossom with flowers, while another remains barren? Astronomers ask a similar question of galaxies, wondering how some flourish with star formation and...

Latest Jet Propulsion Laboratory Stories

2014-10-21 23:11:20

Achieves critical infrastructure consolidation, management and compliance with cloud infrastructure and Scalr Cloud Management Platform San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 21, 2014 Scalr, providers of the leading open-source enterprise cloud management platform, today announced the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has contracted with Scalr for its Cloud Management Platform (CMP). As a federally funded research and development center and NASA field center, JPL works across many long-term,...

JPL Selects Proposals For Europa CubeSat Study
2014-10-10 03:12:19

Provided by Preston Dyches, NASA NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has chosen proposals from 10 universities to study CubeSat concepts that could enhance a Europa mission concept currently under study by NASA. The CubeSat concepts will be incorporated into a JPL study describing how small probes could be carried as auxiliary payloads. The CubeSats would then be released in the Jovian system to make measurements and enhance our understanding of Jupiter's moon...

bulk metallic glass
2014-10-09 03:00:44

Provided by Elizabeth Landau, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Open a door and watch what happens -- the hinge allows it to open and close, but doesn't permanently bend. This simple concept of mechanical motion is vital for making all kinds of movable structures, including mirrors and antennas on spacecraft. Material scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are working on new, innovative methods of creating materials that can be used for motion-based...

Pacific Ocean
2014-10-07 05:00:17

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Water expands as it gets warmer and climatologists have suspected that warming in the deep ocean may add to rising sea levels around the world. However, a new study has found evidence that the deep ocean is not warming measurably. The study researchers, from at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California, added that this finding, reported in the journal Nature Climate Change, does not solve the mystery of why global warming...

2014-10-06 12:21:27

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The cold waters of Earth's deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, analyzed satellite and direct ocean temperature data from 2005 to 2013 and found the ocean abyss below 1.24...

Curiosity rover
2014-10-06 06:14:25

Provided by Elizabeth Landau, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Hailey Wilson, Pacific Gas and Electric Company In collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced that it is testing state-of-the-art technology adapted from NASA’s Mars rover program. Originally designed to find methane on the Red Planet, this laser-based technology is lightweight and has superior sensitivity to methane, a major...

2014-10-02 23:11:47

NASA Cold Atom Lab Creates Ultracold Atoms Boulder, Colorado (PRWEB) October 02, 2014 Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) recently announced that it has achieved BEC, (Bose-Einstein condensate) in its Cold Atom Lab in Pasadena California. At the heart of the NASA funded system in this lab is ColdQuanta’s RuBECi® and Physics Platform. “We are thrilled that our RuBECi is at the heart of the system going into the Cold Atom Lab,“ said Rainer Kunz, CEO of ColdQuanta. He added. “We...

NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory Creates Atomic Dance
2014-09-29 03:24:59

Elizabeth Landau, NASA Like dancers in a chorus line, atoms' movements become synchronized when lowered to extremely cold temperatures. To study this bizarre phenomenon, called a Bose-Einstein condensate, researchers need to cool atoms to a temperature just above absolute zero – the point at which atoms have the least energy and are close to motionless. The goal of NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) is to study ultra-cold quantum gases in a facility instrument developed for use on the...

Mount Sharp drill hole
2014-09-26 09:03:20

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has collected its first taste of the layered mountain whose scientific allure drew the mission to choose this part of Mars as a landing site. Late Wednesday, Sept. 24, the rover's hammering drill chewed about 2.6 inches (6.7 centimeters) deep into a basal-layer outcrop on Mount Sharp and collected a powdered-rock sample.  Data and images received early Thursday at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California,...

The Unpredictable El Niño Of 2014
2014-09-24 03:32:30

Alan Buis, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Prospects have been fading for an El Niño event in 2014, but now there's a glimmer of hope for a very modest comeback. Scientists warn that unless these developing weak-to-modest El Niño conditions strengthen, the drought-stricken American West shouldn't expect any relief. The latest sea-level-height data from the NASA/European Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason-2 satellite mission show a pair of eastward-moving waves of higher...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.